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Driving Distances: Sydney - Brisbane 1017 km
This trip offers the traveller the best of both worlds: the Country and the Coast. Highlights are exploring one of Australia's largest wine growing regions: The Hunter Valley; visiting the home of Country Music in Australia: Tamworth; and 'chilling-out' at one of Australia's iconic tourist destinations: Byron Bay. Planning this trip is full of options, depending on how much time you have available. There are several options of where you can drive back down to the coast. Hiring an RV, Campervan or Motorhome will give you the flexibility to change your plans whenever you want without having to worry about changing accommodation bookings.
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Sydney is Australia's largest capital city and best known internationally for: its World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, its magnificent harbour, and for Bondi Beach. Of course there is much, much, more to this fabulous city. So-much-so, that we could devote a whole website on Sydney alone. Because of Sydney's congested traffic, we recommend that you spend a couple of days in or close to the City before picking up your vehicle, or picking up your vehicle and staying a couple of nights on Sydney's northern beaches and catching public transport into the City.
Manly to Palm Beach. Although Bondi Beach is Sydney's most famous, the northern beaches from Manly to Palm Beach are more beautiful. Manly is a great place to start. From Manly you can take a short drive up to North Head and look out over, what many people describe as: "the most magnificent harbour in the world". From Manly you can catch a ferry into the city. This is a wonderful and most relaxing way to experience Sydney Harbour and to view the Opera House and the City. Manly has two beaches: a protected harbour beach and the ocean beach, separated by great cafes and restaurants, AND the best fish'n'chip shops. There are 13, beautiful, golden, sandy beaches within 28 kilometres between Manly and Palm Beach; a beach lover's paradise in summer. Palm Beach is also the filming location for the popular television series: "Home and Away". Apart from the beach, it's a beautiful drive around the peninsula and into the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The West Head Lookout has superb views out over the Hawkesbury River, Pittwater; and Bobbin Head is a popular place for picnickers. Holiday Parks are scarce in Sydney; however there is an excellent 4 star park nestled between the Narrabeen lake and beach.
The Central Coast.

Gosford to Newcastle. Just over an hour's drive north of Sydney the Central Coast has everything to offer the holiday traveler. For a start there are plenty of holiday parks, in great locations; some next to beaches and lakes. Whatever your holiday likes are: fishing, swimming, surfing, sun-baking, bushwalking; or just lazing about, the Central Coast has it all. It's well worth a drive to Patonga in the Brisbane Water National Park. On the other side of the Hawkesbury River to Palm Beach, Patonga is a pretty little place with a sheltered beach, beautiful surrounds and a lovely camping area. Nearby is Pearl Beach which is an exclusive retreat for Sydney-siders. It has a lovely beach with bush surrounds and is a great place to stop for a swim or for a coffee. There are many popular and beautiful beaches and towns up the coast including The Entrance, where Tuggerah Lake connects to the sea. This is a very popular holiday town and is famous for the daily pelican feeding, where hundreds of these beautiful birds waddle up the shore to be fed. It's also a good place for you to have a feed.
Newcastle & Lake Macquarie.

Newcastle. Traveling further up the Central Coast and driving through the elevated southern suburbs of Newcastle, the views over the city are distinctly industrial; however looks are deceiving. With beautiful beaches, great restaurants, bars, outdoor cafés and art galleries, Newcastle is going through a metamorphosis, swapping its industrial image for a vibrant, cosmopolitan one. An alternative route to Newcastle is via Lake Macquarie; a body of water, four times the size of Sydney Harbour. It is an undiscovered tourism gem; the locals probably prefer it that way. There's nothing overly sophisticated about the towns and villages that dot the foreshore; however there is a wonderful sense of relaxation where afternoon sleeps seem perfect. Wangi Wangi is such a place. Situated at the end on a long, narrow peninsula, which juts out into the middle of the lake, the Wangi Point Flora and Fauna Reserve is a beautiful place to camp and to explore the foreshore, walk out to Wangi Point and maybe see a Koala.
Hunter Valley.

If you love food and wine; and who doesn't, then the Hunter Valley is a great place to visit. This area is considered the birthplace of Australian Wine and home to Australia’s oldest continuously operating winery – Wyndham Estate, established in 1828. The region is best known for it's Semmion and Shiraz varieties; but everything to do with tourism is 'vintage'. The Hunter has something to please everyone's palates from cheeses to chocolates and of course wine tasting. We recommend that if you want to go wine tasting, then it's safer and more informative to take a tour.
New England - Country Route

Tamworth is about 250 km north from the heart of the Hunter Valley ver, on the New England Highway. It is Australia's self-proclaimed Country Music capital and hosts the famous Tamworth Country Music Festival in January every year. The 2008 festival kicks off on Friday 18th January and runs until Sunday 27th January. If you miss out on that, there's the 'Hats Off To Country' festival in July. All-year-round there are lots of attractions such as: the Walk a Country Mile Museum, with interactive exhibits celebrating the history of country music; the collection of immaculate motorbikes at the Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum; and the 12-metre-high Golden Guitar and the Gallery of Stars Wax Museum.
Armidale is an elegant city servicing the 'New England' district of New South Wales. Being a university town in the country, it has a wonderful mix of contemporary and conservative cultures; of youthful and established lifestyles. With beautiful tree-lined streets, manicured parks and gardens, and elegant buildings, Armidale is a very pleasant place to stop and look around; and to use as a base to explore the spectacular Wollomombi Falls and World Heritage rainforests in the New England National Park.

Leaving Armidale presents you with your first option, to either continue on up the New England highway, through country New South Wales or choose to drive down the coast to Dorrigo and Bellingen, and then continue your journey up the coast from there. For information on the coastal route from Dorrigo, 'click' here
Glenn Innes. One of the nice things about travelling up the New England Highway, is enjoying a leisurely drive through rural countryside with rolling hills and picturesque scenerys. Glenn Innes is another charming rural town in the Northern Tablelands, especially pretty in autumn when the poplar trees burst into glorious colour. It's a nice quiet town in which to stop for scones, jam and cream, and to browse through the art, crafts and collectables shops. If you like being in pristine environments, close to nature, then the Gibraltar Range and the World Heritage listed Washpool National Park have walking tracks leading to many beautiful and spectacular natural attractions.

The second option of leaving the country and driving down to the coast, is to continue on from the two National Parks, on the Gwyder Highway, to Grafton, Maclean and Yamba. For information on the coastal route from Maclean, 'click' here
Tenterfield is one of those small country towns that you could easily drive through, without stopping, not knowing its past. In 1989, one of Australia's most influental founding fathers, Sir Henry Parkes, delivered his famous "birth of our nation" speech in Tenterfield; considered as being instrumental in establishing Australia as a Federation in 1901. Famous Australian songwriter and performer, Peter Allen, put Tenterfield on the map with his hit song, "Tenterfield Saddler", about his grandfather who ran the saddlery from 1908 to 1960. Apart from it's rich history there are many natural attractions surrounding Tenterfield including the largest granite rock in Australia: Bald Rock.

The final option is to either continue on into Brisbane via Warwick, which is the fastest route, or head down to the coast, through Lismore to Byron Bay.
Lismore is a major commercial, cultural, educational and administrative centre linking the country with the coast. This city has a rich and invigorating cultural life, reflected in the number of galleries, theatres and performing arts spaces in and around Lismore. Many artists, crafts people, filmmakers, musicians, poets, designers and dancers have chosen Lismore and its beautiful surrounding countryside to pursue their creative endeavours and alternative lifestyles. There is much to see and things to do, or you can simply relax and enjoy a picnic in one of the nerby parks or nature reserves.
Byron Bay to Brisbane .



Byron Bay. There is a handful of places in Australia that are considered as iconic Australian tourist destinations. Byron Bay, with its magnificient beaches, is one of those places. You feel like you are on holidays as soon as you drive into Byron. This 'laid-back' town is an eclectic mix of 'the rich', backpackers from all parts of the world; mums, dads and families, all soaking up the sun and Byron Bay's wonderful atmosphere. The lighthouse is a great place to visit and perhaps get a glimpse of migrating whales.
The 'Tweed'. Inland from Byron, in the hinterland, is the quaint historic village of Bangalow. With its colonial architecture and heritage shop fronts, the town is a popular place for its restaurants, cafes, crafts, arts, galleries and markets. Heading north and down the range, are magnificent views from Byron to the Queensland border. This is picturesque country with views of Mt Warning, over the Tweed River and sugar cane. Just in from Murwillumbah is Mt Warning National Park. It's worth a visit and a picnic.
The Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise are World famous, mainly due to the magnificent golden sand beach that stretches 65 km from Southport to Coolangatta. Any wonder that the Gold Coast is Australia's number 1 tourist attraction. Tedder Avenue, at Main Beach, is the culinary centre with many fine restaurants. And for family fun, Seaworld, Movieworld and Dreamworld are world-class attractions. For a bird's-eye view of the Gold Coast, Q1 offers spectacular views, some 300m high in the sky.
Lamington National Park. West of the Gold Coast, up in the hinterland range, is this remarkable World Heritage area, compromising 20,600 hectares of protected flora and fauna. It is a privilege to be able to experience such preserved areas as this. Bushwalking along the many tracks in the Park, through sub-tropical rainforests, is a wonderful experience. Lamington has it all for the nature lover: an incredible variety of wildlife, exotic plants, spectacular scenery, waterfalls, fresh air and tranquility.
Mount Tamborine. You will feel on-top-of-the-world as you drive along the Mt Tamborine escarpment. The western side is a favorite spot for hang gliders and the views are breathtaking. Tamborine village is a good place to stop for scones and jam, and to browse through the arts and crafts shops. On the eastern escarpment are the most amazing views of the Gold Coast. (Care must be taken coming down off Mt Tamborine. It's very steep and you should obey the signs and use low gears. Take it easy!)
Brisbane is often referred to as 'The River City', as it is build around the meandering Brisbane River. Over recent years, many new buildings have been constructed giving the city a modern look. It is a youthful city, as many overseas students study and live in or close to the city. The most enjoyable way to get around is by 'Rivercat'. One of Brisbane's main attractions is 'Southbank' with its huge man made beach and lagoon; restaurants, cafes, pubs, shopping, and great markets on the weekends. For most, this will be the end of your trip. For others you might like to extend your trip north of Brisbane. For information on additional trips out from Brisbane, 'click' here
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